Attention! USDA APHIS PROPOSAL
The USDA APHIS is proposing to remove the domestic quarantine regulations for EAB. This would mean ending all regulatory activities, and focus instead on managing the pest.
The proposed rule is available for review by the public, and is open for comment through November 19, 2018. APHIS will review all comments received during the comment period.
If you would like to read this ruling and/or make comments, please go to the USDA APHIS Emerald Ash Borer page for more information.
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Nova Scotia
Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of October 2018, it is now found in 35 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
Since its discovery, EAB has:
- Killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
- Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
- Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries hundreds of millions of dollars.
Initial county EAB detections in North America & Canada
As of November 1st, 2018
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Changes/additions included since October 1st 2018:
- Initial county detections in:
- Hancock County, KY
- Jackson County, NC
- Grand Isle County, VT
- Clark County, WI